US 1399469 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
APPLICATION FILED AuGJz, |921.
1,399,469. i Patented Dec. 6, 1921.,
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Henry' 'uca ZZu H. CUCULLU.
WATER TBOGGAN. APPLICATION man AuG.12. 1921.
1,399,469, Ptenta Dee. 6, 1921.
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`IEIIF'TIEIS' CUCULLU', OF NEW` ORLEANS, LOUXSIANA..
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Specification o Letters Patent.
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applicati@ mea august 12, rsa1. serial no. tensor.
To all whom t may concern:
Be `it known that l, HENRY CUGULLU, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at New Orleans, in the parish of `Orleans and State of Louisianav have inobject to provide awater toboggan for useV `by bathers whereby the toboggans or sleds employed in connection therewith will be caused to descend the gravity inclined chute thereof with great speed and thrill to the rider, and when being discharged onto the body of water at the bottom of the same will be caused to "ricochet over its surface `while momentum ofthe tobogganlasts, thus adding to the enjoyment of the device.
Other objects will be in part obvious and in part pointed out hereinafter. i In orderthatthe invention and its mod of operation may be readil understood by personsskilledin the art,` have in the ac companying illustrative drawings and in the detailed following description based thereon set out one embodiment ofthe same.
i In these drawings:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of the improved water toboggan having a portion thereof broken away;
Fig. 2 is a side elevationof the same with a portion broken away; p Fig. 3 is al fragmentarytop plan of the return way or `haulup`;
i Fig. d is a fragmentary section taken on the line ls-4 of Fig. 3; i Fig. 5 is a fragmentary detail in plan of the chute or discharge way;
Figo is a vertical transverse section taken on the `line -G of Fig. 5; and3 Fig. 7 is a detail in elevation of one of the toboggans employed together with a fragment ot the haul-up chain or; elevator. i
Having more particular reference to the drawings in connection with which like characters of reference will designate corresponding parts throughout, my improved aquatic amusement device comprises a supporting structure indicated in its entirety lo the 11u-merel l@ @Onesies of vertically disposed piles upon certain of which a platiorm 2 is supported by means of trussed supports 3 and having suitable form of guard rail t or similar device arranged thereabout -flor an obvious purpose. Others of the piles making up the supporting structure of the device serve to support laterally spaced in- Aclinedlongitudinal braces 5 upon which a plurality of graded vertical supports 6 are arranged. Certain of these supports 6, which are arranged in longitudinal alinement support upon their upper ends substantally tl-shaped metal channel strips 7 and 8 which as will be noted are secured as at 9 to transverse ties or holsters 10 arranged upon the said uprights or supports 6,
said metal channel strips 7 and 8 being arranged in spaced relation and adjacent to the oppositely disposed longitudinal guard rails 11 also supported upon the outer portions of the various holsters or ties l0. Journaled in bearings in the opposite side walls of the .severall channel strips 7 and 8 areseries of transversely disposed rollers 12 having theouter extremities of their` bearings headed as at 13 whereby to prevent any possibility of `lateral displacement ofthe same in addition to affording greater supporting surface for the toboggans which are movedV upwardly thereover. The wav constituted by the channeled strips 7 and 8,
guard rails 11, all of which are supported upon the cross ties 10 constitute the loading or haul-up of thewater toboggan and in order that the toboggan employed upon the same may be caused to move upwardly thereover onto the platform 2, an elevating chain 111 is engaged over socket wheels mounted in suitable bearings at the oppcsite ends. of said `loading way not shown. Upstanding curves or ngers 15 are riveted to certain of the links of the chain at equal distances throughout its length and as will be understood, will afford means for engaging the rear end of the toboggan 16, as clearly shown in the Fig. 7 and cause the same to be carried with the elevating chain 11i upwardly ovei1 the rollers 12 onto the platform 2. Any suitable form of motor means may be employed for moving the elevating chain 14, such as conditions or preference may dictate. Furthermore.) it is understood that the arrangement of the same with relation to the transverse rollers 12 is such as will permit the toboggans 16 elevated thereby te ride uren stift Telles thus relieving the chain of any excessive stress.
`The curves or fingers 15Y are preferablyV of U-shaped formation, as shown in the Fig.
4: and by consequence, the lower portion of the chain will be afforded an effectual guide means thereby7 since these U-shaped curves will embrace the longitudinal guide rail 17 arranged below the loading way and supported upon other transverse ties or bolsters 18 lwhich in turn are connected in a suitable fashion to the uprights supporting said way.
An arcuate track 19 is arranged upon the platform 2 and has one of the ends thereof alined with the upper end of the loading way, whereby the toboggans elevated by the latter Awill be discharged thereon Vto and permitted to be moved over transverse rollers 20 journaled in bearings in said track 19 to a-point for discharge onto the toboggan or discharge way.
The toboggan or discharge way or chute of the improved device is composed of longitudinally disposed inclined side or guard rails 21 which are supported upon bolsters 22 carried on the upper end of the uprights adjacent thereto, while anchor strips 23 are also supported upon said bolsters 22 adjacent the inner sides ofeach of vthe guard rails 2l in parallel relation thereto and serve to rotatably Vsupport*` transverse rollers V24;
in the vertical walls thereof;l the bearings of thesefrollers-QL being headed as at. 25, similarly to the rollers 12 for a likepurpose. As will Vbe noted upon reference tothe Fig. 2, the toboggan proper kof the device is inclined and leads downwardly from the opposite end of the arcuate track 19 supported on the platform 2 to the surface of a body of Awater 26 'below the supporting structure. TheV lower end of the toboggan f including theguard rail: 21 and the roller supporting channel strips 23 are curved upwardly as at 27 so that the same assumes al relationship substantially parallel Vto the surface of said body of water. Thus, with the vdischarge of a toboggan 16 from the chute onto the surface of the water, a slight upward lift will be imparted to the vsame and by consequence, said toboggan will be caused to ricochet over the surface of the body of water for a considerable distance, depending, vof course, upon the momentum of the toboggan.
In order that the batherfmayha'vev access to the platform 2, steps 28 are provided, although, of course, yit is to be expressly understood that any suitable form of elevating means may be substituted in lieu thereof when desired.
Manifestly, the construction shown is capable of considerable modification and such modification as is within the scope of my claims, I consider within the spirit of my invention.
l. A water toboggan, comprising a supporting structure, .an elevated platform thereon, an inclined gravity discharge way leading downwardly from the platform to a body of water therebelow, said discharge way consisting of spaced longitudinally disposed side rails, longitudinally disposed channel strips arranged in parallel relation to the inner sides of said rails and a series of transverse rollers supported in said channel strips, the lower end of the discharge way being curved slightly upwardly whereby to effect the ricochettingI of a toboggan discharged therefrom over the surface of said body of water, and a return way leadof said side rails, a series of transverse rollers journaled in bearingsin said angle strips. the lower end of the chute being curved slightly upwardly whereby to effect the ricochetting of a toboggan discharged therefrom over the surface of water,y an inclined return way leading upwardly vfrom the said body of water to said platform and comprising spaced longitudinal guard rails. channel strips disposed longitudinally and in parallel relation to said guard rails. a plurality of series of transverse rollers journaled in bearings in the opposite sides of said channel strips-a longitiuilinally disposed loading chain moving between said series of transverse rollers upwardly to a point adjacent the platform. a. curved roller track on the platform having the opposite ends thereof communicating with the load- ,ing way and said chute and means for facilitating the'movem'ent of users to the platform. Y
In witness whereof I have hereunto set